How TabbedOut is using smartphones to allow you to pay your restaurant or bar tab without handing over your credit card – with CEO Rick Orr

Have you ever had that moment of doubt as you hand over your credit card to an unknown bartender or server in order to pay your bill or open a tab? The restaurant industry is one of a very few number of occasions where you are physically separated from your plastic for an extended period of time, increasing the risk of theft.

This is the problem TabbedOut is trying to fix.

TabbedOut isn’t just about sending money to the establishment or another alternative way to pay for your goods, Rick Orr and his team have integrated their mobile software right into the point of sale systems installed in the majority of restaurants today allowing you to settle your tab right from your smartphone – oh, and your credit card? Stored locally on the device and never in jeopardy of being stolen.

Is this another of the first steps required to finally get to the mobile wallet? I’d love your thoughts on this!


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About Rick Orr
Rick Orr

Rick Orr is the CEO and co-founder of ATX Innovation.  TabbedOut reflects the culmination of a product envisioned by Rick approximatedly 8 years ago. Rick was among the founding group of WholeSecurity, a software firm which was funded by NEA/Venrock/Trellis Partners and acquired by Symantec in 2005.  While at WholeSecurity, Mr. Orr served as Director of Professional Services.  After the acquisition, Mr. Orr worked two years at Symantec as a Sr. Product Manager within the Norton consumer division of the company.  He then spent approximately 3 years at Austin-based global card processing provider, MPOWER Labs, where he held the title of VP of Product Management. Rick earned a B.S. in architectural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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